Do The Shore: December 2 to December 8

Dennis Township Christmas Parade
Thursday, December 3 at 7 p.m.
Academy Rd., Dennisville

Lower Township’s Day of Hospitality
Friday, December 4 at 2 p.m.
Lower Township
Every year, residents look forward to visiting participating businesses, collecting their prize tickets and taking them over to the Township Rec Center to deposit them in various buckets to win one of the many great prizes available. The more businesses visited, the more tickets collected and the greater opportunity to win a prize. Day of Hospitality will be until 7 p.m. For more information, call Denise Raymond at (609) 408-4425.

Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Christmas Tree Lighting
Friday, December 4 at 5:30 p.m.
Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Courtyard, 1st & Central Aves., North Wildwood
Enjoy music, cookies, hot chocolate and Santa until 7:30 p.m. Free to attend. For more information, call (609) 522-4520 or visit

Craft Beer Pairing Dinner featuring Dogfish Head
Friday, December 4 at 5:30 p.m.
Cape May Ferry Terminal, 1200 Lincoln Blvd., Cape May
Stay warm in the cold months. Come inside into the terminal and share fine food specially prepared by our in-house chefs to perfectly pair with local craft brews. Don’t miss our next Beer Dinner in the Sunset Lounge. This December, we’re featuring brews from the award-winning Dogfish Head Brewery. Enjoy a fantastic five-course meal with each course paired to a seasonal Dogfish brew! Price is $59 per person. For more information, call (800) 643-3779, email or visit

Middle Township’s Christmas Parade
Friday, December 4 at 6 p.m.
Rt. 9 S., Middle Township
The parade begins in the Acme parking lot, with participants to arrive at 5 p.m., and then moves over to the Cape Savings Bank parking lot. Parade then proceeds south on Route 9 starting at 6 p.m. Judging will be in front of the Bellevue Tavern. Parade makes a right onto Hand Ave. and proceeds to Boyd St., then makes a right onto Boyd St. and goes to the tree lighting ceremony at Township Hall, where Santa will light the tree. Everyone can follow Santa back to the Firehouse. Santa will be giving candy canes, Mrs. Clause will be reading Christmas stories and the Middle Township Volunteer Fire Department will be serving hot beverages and cookies for guests.

Wildwood Holiday Tour of Bed & Breakfasts, Churches & Museums
Friday, December 4 at 6:30 p.m.
Hereford Inlet Lighthouse, 111 North Central Ave., North Wildwood
Partners in Preservation will be hosting its Annual Holiday Tour on Dec. 4 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wristbands for access to the tour will be $10 for all Bed and Breakfasts; all churches and museums are free; children under 12 are admitted free to all tours. The tour will start at the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse for a Christmas tree lighting and a quick visit to the museum. From that point on, the tour is self-paced. A guide with all the points on the tour and addresses will be provided at the start. For more information, contact Cathy Smith at (609) 214-2253 or visit

Ocean City Christmas Parade
Friday, Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m.
Asbury Ave., Ocean City
This parade brings Santa to town, horse and buggy style. Route is 6th to 11th St. on Asbury Ave. Parade starts at 6:30 p.m. Afterwards Santa will be located at the park across from City Hall, 9th and Asbury Ave. He will pose for photos (bring your own camera) and hand out treats. The Downtown Merchants Assn. and parade sponsors invite bands, groups with floats, holiday-themed costumed marchers, local organizations, etc. to join the fun. This is an ideal opportunity to get exposure for your group or business before an appreciative crowd. For more information, call (609) 399-6111 ext. 9283. Register at and click on events.

Congress Hall’s Tree Lighting
Friday, December 4 after the Holiday Concert at 8 p.m.
Congress Hall’s Grand Lawn, 200 Congress Pl., Cape May
Join the crowd in the countdown to the lighting of the largest Christmas tree in Cape May. Don’t miss the magical moment when Congress Hall’s Christmas tree lights up the night!

First United Methodist Church of Avalon’s Christmas Bazaar
Saturday, December 5 at 9 a.m.
First United Methodist Church of Avalon, 3344 Dune Dr., Avalon
The First United Methodist Church of Avalon will hold its Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be gifts, decorations, food, soup, baked goods and Christmas cookies for sale. Lunch will also be available. For more information, call (609) 967-4204.

Vendor, Soup & Bake Sale
Saturday, December 5 at 9 a.m.
South Seaville United Methodist Church, 111 Corson Tavern Rd., South Seaville
From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., browse our vendors and indulge in baked goods and homemade soups. Stock up on homemade hot soup for cold winter nights! Unique gifts, food and fun!

Sea Isle City Historical Museum’s Christmas Open House
Saturday, December 5 at 11 a.m.
Sea Isle City Library, 4800 Central Ave., Sea Isle City
The members of the Sea Isle City Historical Society will host their annual Christmas Open House on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. inside the resort’s Historical Museum, located on the first level of the Sea Isle City Library. The public is invited to attend the Open House, at which time vintage Christmas artifacts will be on display and light refreshments will be served. Visitors will also enjoy the museum’s newest exhibit – an expansive display of photos highlighting the Sea Isle City Beach Patrol during the past quarter-century. For additional information about the Sea Isle City Historical Museum or the Christmas Open House, call (609) 263-2992.

Historic Cold Spring Village’s Free Homespun Holidays Weekend
Saturday, December 5 at 12 p.m.
Historic Cold Spring Village, 720 Rt. 9, Cape May
Guests are invited to stroll the festively decorated Village grounds and visit select historic buildings where they can enjoy children’s crafts, musical entertainment, refreshments, holiday shopping and a free performance of the Cape Island Theater Company’s “The Christmas Truce.” Visitors can also enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride for a small donation. The Country Store will be open and stocked with unique holiday gifts including traditionally-processed wool, artisan crafts for the home, books, jewelry, toys and old fashioned candy. This Saturday is Wassail day when visitors can meet Father Christmas at the Country Store as well as enjoy traditional holiday crafts and live music from traditional musician Mary Roth. For more information, call (609) 898-2300 x10 or visit

Christmas with Critters
Saturday, December 5 at 1 p.m.
Cape May Point State Park, 305 Light House Ave., Cape May Point
Have a Christmas party with the park animals, meet and touch the park animals and see Tucker our pet rat open his Christmas gift. Santa will arrive to hear your child’s Christmas wish list and pose for photos. Make Christmas ornaments to put on the tree. Refreshments will be offered. Come join us for some holiday fun! For more information, call (609) 884-2159.

The 50th West Cape May Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 5 at 5 p.m. (Rain date: Sunday, December 6)
West Cape May
Always the first Saturday in December, The WCM Community Christmas Parade sets the stage for the areas holiday season. Now in her 50th year, the parade steps off at 5 p.m. sharp from the WCM Volunteer Firehouse and marches South on Broadway then winds East on Perry St. and onto Carpenter Ln. in the City of Cape May. A small army of volunteers assembles an unforgettable hometown memory each year! The parade reschedules to Dec. 6 in the case of inclement weather.

Breakfast with Santa at the Ferry
Sunday, December 6 at 9 a.m.
Cape May Ferry Terminal, 1200 Lincoln Blvd., Cape May
Before loading his sleigh and starting his fast jaunt around the world, Santa has graciously agreed to stop at each Ferry terminal for a special breakfast with some of his favorite Delaware Bay children! Each child will have time to sit with Santa and pose for photos (bring your own camera). A buffet breakfast provides a variety of tasty brunch treats, and Mrs. Claus will also be on hand for two story time readings! If desired, home copies of the books can be purchased and can be signed by both Mr. & Mrs. Claus. Reserve before Dec. 1 and cost is $10 per child (4-12) and $13 per adult; Reserve after Dec. 1 and cost is $13 per child (4-12) and $15 per adult; Children under 4 are free. For more information, call (800) 643-3779, email or visit

Stone Harbor Caroling and Tree Lighting
Tuesday, December 8 at 4:45 p.m.
Stone Harbor Borough Hall, 9508 2nd Ave., Stone Harbor
From 4:45 to 7 p.m., join us for a trolley ride as we sing songs of the season. Then gather in front of Borough Hall for the ceremonial tree lighting followed by refreshments at the firehouse.